Fish are the bounty of the sea and too often you get them frozen and pre-packaged rather than still smelling of the sea. Fish contain many essential vitamins and minerals the body cannot exist without.
Eating more fish has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease thanks to Omega-3 fatty acids.
The same fatty acids have also been linked with improving brain function, preventing disorders, such as dementia, and lowering symptoms, like memory loss and reduced cognitive function. Vitamin B-12 improves your immune system and rejuvenates your body.
However, you may be wondering why should you consider eating more fresh fish than frozen? What are the benefits? And what kind of recipes can you try that will make it easier to cook fresh fish?
Why Cook with Fresh Fish?
According to some experts, there’s little difference between fresh fish and frozen. However, there are still some benefits for learning fishing tips and cooking the spoils of your fishing charters along the Gold Coast yourself.
Freezing fish can affect the way it tastes. Fresh fish has a delightful salty tang.
Preparing fish and cleaning it takes skill to manage. Scaling, gutting and packing away fresh fish for later consumption are impressive skills that you could learn.
Frozen fish doesn’t look as appetizing as fresh. Notably, thawing out frozen fish makes it mushy and a little gray, unlike the firm and vital looking flesh of fresh caught fish.
Simple Fishy Recipes
If you’re used to getting your fish already cooked or frozen, cooking it can be a revelation, but it can also be quite difficult.
Below are some easy recipes you can try when preparing fresh fish right from your hook. As long as you can pack them away in ice after you clean them, you can cook them right by your fishing spot or as soon as you get home.
- The flesh of a white fish
- A few tomatoes
- A large onion
- An avocado and
- Plenty of tortillas
Sautee the garlic in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil.
Once browned, cook the whitefish and tear them into chunks when they’re done. Put aside in a bowl.
Chop the onion, tomatoes, onion, and avocado into small cubes and put them in separate bowls.
You can now make your own tacos by using these ingredients, layering them on a tortilla.
Garnish with hot sauce or lime juice to taste.
Sheet Pan Salmon
Salmon cooks incredibly well and is one of the most delicious fishes you can serve at a meal. If you have fresh-caught salmon, you can prepare it quite easily with this recipe.
- Olive oil
Scale, gut and clean the salmon. Cut them into steaks instead of fillet. Pat dry with paper towels and put aside.
Crush a few cloves of garlic in a small bowl of olive oil. Brush both sides of the steaks with olive oil and season liberally with pepper and salt.
Bake in a 400-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the skin is crispy and the flesh is well-done.
While it’s cooking, melt ¼ cup of butter and squeeze in the juice of the lemon and grate some of its zest. Serve alongside the salmon for a yummy drizzle.
Cod is one of the most versatile edible fish you can catch and this recipe makes preparing it very easy.
- Olive oil
After scaling, gutting, and cleaning the cod, divide it into fillets. You should get approximately 4 to 6. Pat the fillets dry with paper towels.
On a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil. Scatter some garlic cloves, sliced lemons and tomato slices on the oil. Let sit for a few minutes before putting them to one side.
Put the fish on the tray and coat with oil on both sides. Slide the lemon slices under the fish and nestle them in tomatoes and garlic.
Bake for 15 minutes in a 400-degree oven and jostle after 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
Sea bass is tasty, delicate fish that’s challenging to get at the end of a hook. But the payoff can be extremely delicious.
- Olive oil
After you clean the fish, cut it into fillets and pat try with a paper towel. Season both sides of the fillets with salt.
In a bowl, mix crushed garlic, grated ginger, chopped chilis, turmeric, and a dash of extra virgin olive oil.
Use half of this paste to coat one side of each fillet.
Cut out a large square of parchment paper and place the fillets paste-covered side down.
Spread the remaining paste on the top sides of the fillet, covering them completely. Fold the parchment multiple times to seal them in.
After chilling them for 20 minutes, stick them in a 450-degree oven for 12 minutes, letting them rest inside the turned-off oven for another minute. Serve immediately, with limes for squeezing.
Fishing is a challenging experience, and so can cooking your catch. But with these recipes, you can taste how delicious fresh fish is without having to take a master culinary class.